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PPP Update: Temporary Changes to Increase Lending to Small Businesses and Sole Proprietors
This week, the Biden-Harris administration announced a number of reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at increasing lending to small businesses and sole proprietors, as detailed further in this fact sheet released by the White House...
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Oregon Governor Issues Executive Order Related to Foreclosure Moratorium
On December 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order related to Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium (HB 4204). Under Executive Order 20-67 (EO 20-67), Governor Brown determined that a state of emergency continues to exists in the State of...
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At Long Last, FinCEN Offers Much Awaited Guidance Regarding BSA Due Diligence Requirements for Hemp Businesses
Ever since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp was declassified under federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance, financial institutions have struggled with whether and how to bank the hemp industry. Many bankers simply feared that the...
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Federal Banking Agencies Encourage Small-Dollar Lending
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the federal banking agencies (i.e., the FDIC, CFPB, FRB, NCUA, and OCC) issued a joint statement encouraging banks and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers...
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CARES Act Amends Bankruptcy Code to Address COVID-19 Dislocation
Section 1113 of the CARES Act amends certain provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and will apply to the year following the date on which this new law goes into effect. These changes are primarily designed to benefit small businesses and individuals who...
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Congress CARES: Federal Stimulus Package to Provide Emergency Relief to Borrowers and Financial Institutions
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus package. Called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act, this unprecedented bill is expected to be passed by the House this Friday a...
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